What’s the WestJet video secret?

We’re very fortunate in the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies #digitaledu community to be able to bring in guests to explore some of the best social and digital work out there. March 18, Greg Hounslow of WestJet paid us a visit to talk about their Blue Santa video trilogy, with which the 2013 video scored them three ...

I still think I am

While travelling recently I shared with someone that it seemed like the universe was completely helping me out because I wasn’t paying attention. My name was called out over the speaker at both my departure and destination airports for different reasons and strangers did things you usually don’t see like help zip up a bag. ...

Sunday sight: The Titanic Story

Near the bottom of Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland is the Johnson Geo Centre. Signal Hill is a National Historic site with stunning views of St. John’s harbour. Of course, some few hundreds of miles off its coast sunk the Titanic on April 15, 1912. (Interesting bit: In addition to its military history of battles between ...

Saturday sight: The Rooms in St. John’s

At the very top in St. John’s, Newfoundland you find a cathedral and to its left The Rooms museum and art gallery. When inside the museum, it offers a near panoramic view of the harbour. Pride in identity is strong here.

Saturday sight: Newhart’s Inn

While in Vermont, the Waybury Inn is a nice hour-long country drive away from Burlington. The inn was the inspiration for Bob Newhart’s Stratford Inn on Newhart. Its pub was also guarded by a moose.

Beothuk sites in Newfoundland

The Beothuk were the aboriginal people of the island of Newfoundland. It’s said that they have been extinct since around 1820. However, the story in my family (originating from my maternal grandfather’s grandmother who identified as Métis with a Beothuk and French heritage) was that after many massacres the Beothuk feared for their lives, so ...

Saturday sight: All heart

On the way out to a friend from Edmonton’s place in Newfoundland, drove through Heart’s Content. A sort distance away was Heart’s Desire. Just as I was driving away wondering whether there is a rivalry between the two towns, stumbled upon Heart’s Delight.

Sunday sight: Québec countryside 2

One of my favourite things to do – no matter what country I find myself in – is to explore nature. Last weekend, while on a trip out to a convent in Sherbrooke, QC, I was completely taken aback at the beauty of the countryside. It’s so different from the farm land where I grew up in ...

I’m tired of hating people

After this week’s events this video about peace from the son of a terrorist is a good reminder that hate can be broken. When Zak Ebrahim revealed to his mom that he would not follow in his father’s footsteps, her reply gave Ebrahim the confidence he could change his own trajectory. She said: “I’m tired of hating people.”

Saturday sight: Words vs pictures

I’ve been wanting to go back to this stream for a while. Found just off Avoca and St. Clair Avenue in Toronto, it’s especially beautiful near the water after a snowfall because the banks make it challenging for people to get down to it. A couple dogs made it down effortless though across the water shortly after ...